I now point you to two talks on the Christian and blogging!
The first one comes from this summer’s New Horizon. Kevin Hargaden, who works with Maynooth Community Church, was given the task of talking about ‘Blogging for Jesus’. It didn’t sound too promising, especially if you had read the wee description thing that New Horizon gave it, and obviously I wasn’t going to go to a seminar on blogging anyway! However, after he did the seminar, Kevin put the powerpoint he used on his website, which made the talk sound a lot more promising, with slides like this where he quoted his remit from New Horizon and gave his response:
“I’m totally unconvinced that we can blog for Jesus”
So I listened to it and it’s good. Your man’s church sounds pretty cool as well, so if you’re interested in a Presbyterian church contextualising down south, it’s also worth a listen.
Here’s the mp3: Kevin Hargaden – Blogging for Jesus (New Horizon 2008) (60MB)
Then last Sunday, David Silversides did an after-church meeting on ‘Internet Blogging and the Christian’, which would probably be useful for anyone involved in discussing stuff on the internet. Both talks came down hard on internet anonymity.
Here’s a summary:
‘This address sets out some principles to guide us in the manner in which we are to engage with others in discussion forums and via weblogs (or blogs).
– Anonymous posting
– the danger of self-publicising
– the danger of escapism
– we must always aim at the glory of God
2. Biblical standards of speech apply to this form of communication
3. The danger of internet pseudo-martyrdom
Contending for the truth ought not to be confined to this mode of activity, as though our duty were discharged wholly by this means. Faithful contending often involves face to face engagement – the example of Knox and Calvin.
4. Stewardship of time
– The need of restraint and discipline
– the Sabbath and the use of computers.
5. The danger of encroaching on the role of the ministry.
The absence of accountability and the threat to church unity.’
“Don’t think you can be a hero for the faith simply by using the internet. We have to face people. We have to look people in the eye and tell them the truth…Don’t imagine that we’ve been a martyr or a hero for the faith when we’ve actually had to face nobody”
I close with my favourite quote on blogging:
“The whole blog phenomenon is inherently ridiculous; the more serious it tries to be, the more absurd and pompous it becomes” (Carl Trueman, ‘The Theatre of the Absurd’ in Minority Report, p. 171) (if you have a blog – read that chapter!)